Two men charged in cocaine bust

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Two Steamboat Springs men arrested Friday on suspicion of selling cocaine and methamphetamines were charged Tuesday in Routt County Court.

Jesus Alvarez-Frias, 42, and Cosme Orlando Lopez, 22, were arrested by GRAMNET officers at their home in the 600 block of Pahwintah Street. The men were arrested on suspicion of unlawful distribution of a Schedule 2 substance.

Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said 13 grams of cocaine and 12 grams of methamphetamine were found in a safe in the home. The meth appeared to be packaged packaged with the intent to distribute it. The men are the only two people who live in the home.

The crime is more severe because the men allegedly were distributing the drugs less than 200 feet from Soda Creek Elementary School, Rae said.

Because the men allegedly were selling so close to a public school, as soon as the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team received a search warrant, officers searched the home with the assistance of the police department. GRAMNET ob--tained the warrant, searched the home, and arrested the men within 24 hours, Rae said.

No weapons were found in the home.

According to court documents, Alvarez-Frias was charged with the count of distribution, and Lopez was charged with a second count of the distribution occurring on or near the grounds of a public school. Both are felonies.

The men are scheduled for a status hearing at 1 p.m. today in County Court.

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